New Year’s Eve in Downtown Aurora Dec28

New Year’s Eve in Downtown Aurora...

Stumped on what to do this New Year’s Eve? Here are some great options for celebrating in the City of Lights – Aurora, Ill. New Year’s Eve fun includes lots of choices in downtown Aurora. – Dine at Chef Amaury at 33 West. – Party at Hollywood Casino. – Champagne toast with crooners as Under the Streetlamp performs at the Paramount Theatre. – Festive fun at La Quinta de los Reyes. – Stop in at Ballydoyle for music and more. – Bring the kids to SciTech for science and fun. – Dance at Two Brothers Roundhouse. Visit our Facebook page for more updates. Happy New Year! Stay safe! Be aware of the new two-way traffic in downtown Aurora on Benton and Downer. Enjoy your night...

Downtown Aurora’s Top 10 of 2012 Dec23

Downtown Aurora’s Top 10 of 2012...

By Marissa Amoni Aurora – If anyone was looking for some momentum in downtown Aurora, then 2012 was the year for them. I’ve always been able to make a good case for the downtown’s fabulousness, but this past year provided me with some solid evidence to backup my claims. In spite of bridge construction and another tough year for small, independent businesses in downtown Aurora, I can’t help but look back on 2012 and declare it the most successful year yet for downtown Aurora. It was a year where people came together to support the arts, small businesses, and each other. Here are some of the wonderful successes for downtown Aurora this year. 1. Bridges are up! Mayor Tom Weisner called it a first for the city that the Downer Place bridges were completed in just one construction season. 2. Two-way on two streets. Both Downer Place and Benton Street are both welcoming traffic from the east and west, as they now run two-way. 3. Meters are slowly disappearing. Where the meters have been taken down due to construction, they are not being replaced; the rest will fade away in time. 4. A bookstore opens! Culture Stock opened their doors to the community this fall, and now the second largest city in Aurora boasts the greatest used book store in the entire Chicagoland area. 5. Movies in downtown. Not only did the Paramount’s Classic Movie Mondays continue throughout the year, but Copley Cinematheque lit up the big screen at the Copley Theatre with unique, underappreciated films, and Two Brothers Roundhouse started a monthly Brew ‘n’ View. 6. Vacant window displays. Dozens in the community truly came together to beautify downtown’s vacant windows without a dime of assistance as part of the grassroots Vacant Window...

Two Brothers Roundhouse Brewing Up Something New Dec14

Two Brothers Roundhouse Brewing Up Something New...

Aurora – This Friday, Dec. 14, Two Brothers Brewing Company is proud to announce their venture into specialty coffee. They will be serving free coffee samples to all guests at Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora. The Roastmaster will be present to field questions and talk about all aspects of their coffee. Two Brothers have perfected two blends to be enjoyed in time for the holidays, their Brew House Blend and Holiday Blend. Both are made up of coffees from Indonesia, Central America, and East Africa, which highlight the particular nuances from each region. They are also offering a limited release micro lot from Costa Rica. A silky, vibrant, and floral coffee, it will be offered in conjunction with their hand-crafted blends. “Our goal is to create dynamic and evolving coffee offerings, that will change based on each countries harvest season. Great coffee can only be achieved when it is freshly harvested, freshly roasted, freshly ground, and freshly brewed,” says Roastmster Mason Brown. “Then the  potential of coffee as a culinary beverage can be realized.” These coffees can be purchased in three quarter pound bags at both restaurant locations beginning this Friday and through their online store at twobrothersbrewing.com shortly after. The Two Brothers Brewery is owned by brothers Jim and Jason Ebel who developed a passion for flavorful specialty beers while living in France.  After returning to the states, they had trouble finding craft beers in Chicago so they opened Two Brothers Brewing Company in 1996. The brewery resides in a 40,000 square foot facility 30 miles west of Chicago in Warrenville, IL.  After 15 years of providing great craft beer to the Chicagoland area, they still seem to be continuously expanding.  Their newest venture in 2011 was the opening of Two Brothers Roundhouse...

Downtown Aurora Celebrates New Bridges with a Bash Dec09

Downtown Aurora Celebrates New Bridges with a Bash...

Aurora – This past February, the City of Aurora held an event tagged the “Last Blast on the Bridge” that marked the beginning of the reconstruction of the Downer Place bridges that span the Fox River downtown. Now, to mark the official opening of the structures, Aurora is inviting the community to the “First Bash on the Bridge” ceremony slated for Dec. 12 at 3:30 p.m. The event will feature Mayor Tom Weisner and other City, project, and business officials giving short presentations on the importance of the project to the downtown business district and community at large and explain how crews were able to complete the project in one construction season— the only major bridge rebuild in Aurora history in such a short amount of time.  The aggressive construction schedule reduced by several months the inconvenience to downtown businesses, patrons, and the community than would have been experienced in the past. The program will also feature entertainment from the Waubonsie Valley High School Step Team as well as what officials are terming “a few surprises”. After the official ribbon cutting, antique vehicles will be the first to travel the eastbound lanes of the bridge.  The ceremony will culminate with everyone attending being included in the recreation of an historic 1909 photo from the archives of the Aurora Historical Society showing hundreds of people on the original downtown bridge during a GAR Encampment. A post-event reception will be held at the River Edge Café, 14 W. Downer.  The David L. Pierce Art and History Center, 20 E. Downer, will likewise be open and will feature Aurora Aglow, a pop up holiday shop. Parking will be available at the Stolp Avenue Parking Deck at Downer and Stolp. Patrons attending the ceremony will also get their...

Aurora Downtown Elects New Board Dec06

Aurora Downtown Elects New Board...

Aurora – Aurora Downtown welcomed newly elected board members this morning at their annual executive meeting at Aurora’s City Hall. New board members are Beth Standish, owner of River’s Edge Cafe; Kim Granholm, owner of Aurora Fasptrint; Jimi Allen, owner of Jimi Allen Productions; Kimber Howard, owner of The Virtual Assistant Group; and lawyer Terry Heady. Leaving the board are Margarita Marchan-Mankus, Stephanie Kifowit, and Shirley Flaherty. Replacing Tom Bartlett as chairman is Jeff Noblitt of Waubonsee Community College. Noblitt, of Aurora, has been elected to a one-year term as chairman of Aurora Downtown. He had previously served as vice chairman of the organization. The new board is eager to get to work addressing several issues in downtown Aurora including parking, zoning, landscaping, planning, and...